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Beyond the Temples: Some Other Things We Did in Siem Reap

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The highlight of our trip to Cambodia was, of course, catching the beautiful sunrise at the majestic Angkor Wat and marveling in the mysteries of the temple grounds.  The experience was a bit funny because we weren’t prepared for the weather!  We expected Cambodia to be really hot but we found ourselves shivering in a 14-degree temperature at 5:00am!  Well, I say it was worth it:

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I’m definitely going back to Cambodia to revisit these temples, but there are other things to do there too!  We decided to dedicate a full day to just relaxing and experiencing Khmer/Cambodian culture by learning two things: food and ceramics.

We kicked off our first day in Siem Reap with a half-day cooking class at a nearby countryside village and spent the afternoon learning pottery and painting ceramics.  Sharing some photos below! :)

Cambodian Cooking Class

Since the class was in a Cambodian village, we were able to visit a typical rural house to get a glimpse of how the residents live.  After that, we headed straight to the classroom!  In every restaurant that we went to, fish amok was part of the menu and we’re glad we got to learn the recipe!  We cooked that along with the Khmer mango salad and sticky rice balls.

We all had our own cooking stations and were led by a chef who also fed us information on key ingredients on what makes Cambodian food unique.

We all had our own cooking stations and were led by a chef who also fed us information on key ingredients that make Cambodian food unique.

I was with my friends Jenny and Pauline.  Our takeaway from this class: We REALLY need to learn how to chop things!  Haha.  (Photo from Pauline Batiller)

I was with my friends Jenny and Pauline. Our takeaway from this class: We REALLY need to learn how to chop things! Haha. (Photo from Pauline Batiller)

My fish amok!!!  I

My fish amok!!! I’m not good in food shots so this really tastes a lot better than it looks, promise! :) This pescetarian loves Cambodian food. :)

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Khmer mango salad

To book a class, you may contact SUM Chanthou of Beyond Unique Escapes: bookings@beyonduniqueescapes.com.

Pottery-Making and Ceramics Painting

Pottery is a common product in Cambodia which comes in many forms that are used for several purposes — cooking, storage, and home design.  More than this, I learned that Khmer ceramics actually dates back to the Khmer Empire (802-1400s) and is quite different from ceramics in China, Vietnam, and Thailand.  Pottery-making is frustrating for a beginner because achieving your desired product isn’t easy — I found myself saying “pen holder na nga lang!” after several failed attempts at forming a perfect flower vase!  Haha.  Still, it was so therapeutic!

We spent the afternoon at the Khmer Ceramics Fine Arts Centre.  If you book a class with them, you can arrange for a free tuktuk pick up from your hotel.

We spent the afternoon at the Khmer Ceramics Fine Arts Centre. If you book a class with them, you can arrange for a free tuktuk pick up from your hotel.  (Photo from Pauline Batiller)

The Khmer Cermics Centers aim is to revive the lost art of pottery among Cambodia residents and tourists.

The Khmer Cermics Center’s aim is to revive the rich ceramic heritage of the Khmer Empire by training young Cambodians in the lost art of pottery-making.

Some of my "creations".  Carved them with various Khmer patterns used in ceramics.

Some of my “creations”. Carved them with various Khmer patterns used in ceramics.

Our painting station where we painted 2 mugs and 2 tiny saucers!

Our painting station where we painted 2 mugs and 2 tiny saucers!

To book a class and for more information, you may visit the Khmer Ceramics Center website here.

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I really enjoyed our quick stay in Cambodia! The people and their lifestyle really intrigued me so i really want to go back next year to learn more about them.  :)

Video: My Switzerland Top 10!

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I really didn’t want to blog about my trip to Europe anymore because I was too lazy to upload photos and prepare articles, and because I know that whatever I will write won’t give the experience justice.  However, some people have been asking me for recommendations and have told me that they’re waiting for my Europe posts on the blog.  I also realized that I need something to look back on in the future in case my photos get lost, so here’s my first post on our trip!

I’ve compiled my Switzerland Top 10 into a slide video.  The video only shows the highlight of my Switzerland trip and includes the places I enjoyed the most.  Aaaaahhh what a beautiful country!  Thank God for this once in a lifetime opportunity! :)

Just looking at the photos of the breathtaking scenery can be very relaxing so enjoy the video!

As for my Italy and Amsterdam Top 10, I hope I can find the time to prepare something similar. :p

Have a great weekend!

 

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